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Why Did Jesus Fold Up The Linen Clothes After His Resurrection? 

Why Did Jesus Fold Up The Linen Clothes After His Resurrection? 

    

The Gospel of John tells us that the Shroud, which was placed over Jesus’ face, was not lying together with the linen cloths.

The Bible devotes an entire verse to tell us that the Shroud was folded up, and that it was placed apart from the other linen cloths (maybe where He had laid).

On Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

She ran and met with Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved. She said to them: “They have taken away the body of the Lord, and I know not where they have laid him!”

Peter and the other disciple ran towards the tomb of Jesus. The other disciple arrived before Peter. He stopped and looked inside and saw the linen lying on the floor, but he did not enter.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went in. He also noticed the linen lying on the floor, while the shroud that had been over Jesus’ face was folded up and placed aside.

Was that important? Of course! Is it still very important today? Absolutely!

To understand the meaning of the folded napkin, it is necessary to first know a little about the Hebrew Tradition of that time.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and the Servant, and every Jewish child knew that Tradition.

When the servant set the table for the dinner of the Master, he made sure to do it in the exact way that the Master wanted.

Once the table was perfectly decorated, the servant waited, out of sight, until the Master had finished eating. The servant did not dare to touch the table until the Master had finished.

If the Master had finished eating, he would get up from the table; clean his fingers, mouth, and beard, knot the napkin and place it on the table.

This is how the servant knew it was time to clean the table, because in those days, the knotted napkin meant, “I have finished eating.”

But if the Master got up from the table, folded up the napkin and placed it next to his plate, the servant would not dare to touch the table, because the folded napkin meant…

“I WILL BE BACK!”

How amazing! How beautiful!

Christ left us a message in His tomb to say He is coming back…WOW! 

The Holy Shroud Of Turin: The Burial Cloth Of Jesus Christ

The Holy Shroud Of Turin: The Burial Cloth Of Jesus Christ

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The Holy Shroud Of Turin

The Holy Shroud is a relic now preserved at Turin, for which the claim is made that it is the actual “clean linen cloth” in which Joseph of Arimathea wrapped the body of Jesus Christ (Matthew 27:59). This relic, though blackened by age, bears the faint but distinct impress of a human form both back and front.

The cloth is about 13 1/2 feet long and 4 1/4 feet wide. If the marks we perceive were caused by human body, it is clear that the body (supine) was laid lengthwise along one half of the shroud while the other half was doubled back over the head to cover the whole front of the body from the face to the feet. The arrangement is well illustrated in the miniature of Giulio Clovio, which also gives a good representation of what was seen upon the shroud about the year 1540.

The cloth now at Turin can be clearly traced back to the Lirey in the Diocese of Troyes, where we first hear of it about the year 1360. In 1453 it was at Chambéry in Savoy, and there in 1532 it narrowly escaped being consumed by a fire which by charring the corners of the folds has left a uniform series of marks on either side of the image. Since 1578 it has remained at Turin where it is now only exposed for veneration at long intervals.

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